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By Rawlings Oke Godwin

On 8 Jan, 2022

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Breastfeeding is possible for most women, regardless of their breast size or form. However, there are a few typical fears and genuine breast disorders that can make breastfeeding difficult. During your pregnancy, speak with your doctor and request a breast examination.

Breastfeeding and Breast Size


The quantity of fatty tissue present within your breasts determines the size of your breasts. Women who have smaller breasts have less fatty tissue, whereas those who have larger breasts have more.

Fatty tissue, on the other hand, does not produce breast milk. Breast milk is instead produced by glandular tissue in your breasts.


Size Doesn’t Equate Quantity Of Breast Milk

Unlike fat, the amount of milk-making tissue in your breasts isn’t always proportional to their size. People with a wide range of breast sizes are capable of generating a sufficient supply of breast milk for their children.


Breastfeeding And Small Breast

Women with small breasts are frequently concerned that they will not be able to produce enough milk for their babies. There should be no problem as long as the tiny breast size isn’t due to hypoplastic breasts.

While you may need to breastfeed more frequently due to the decreased amount of breast milk your breasts can keep, you can still produce enough milk for your child.

Pay attention to your baby’s wet diapers and bowel movements if you’re worried about not producing enough milk. Small, infrequent bowel motions or less than six wet diapers per day are often concerning. Immediately contact your baby’s doctor or a lactation counsellor.


Breasts that are large

Breastfeeding a baby with huge breasts can be challenging at first, but you should have no problems. However, if your infant is having problems latching on, it’s critical to find a comfortable position and seek assistance right away.

Some mothers are concerned that their breasts would obstruct their baby’s nose, although this is usually unfounded. If your baby’s nose becomes clogged while nursing, he or she will open their lips and release go of the breast.

If you’re worried, press down on your breast near your baby’s nose with your finger. Just make sure you don’t break their latch.


Your physician will be able to answer your issues and assuage your anxiety. You can work with your doctor or a lactation consultant after your baby is delivered to address any concerns you’ve identified.


Here are  some of the most prevalent nursing concerns about breast shape:


Nipple size and shape:

Women’s nipples come in a variety of sizes and forms, with some being flat, round, pointed, large, and little. However, a woman’s nipple size and form should not hinder her from breastfeeding, regardless of its shape and size.

Women with flat, inverted, or very huge nipples, on the other hand, may have difficulty getting their baby to latch on at first. However, with the assistance of a lactation consultant, this problem is frequently overcome.

Breast engorgement:

During the first few weeks after giving birth, most women have some degree of breast engorgement. Breast engorgement can also happen if you skip feedings or if your kid isn’t eating as much as he or she should be due to illness.

Due to the surplus milk in the breasts, engorged breasts can become firm, bloated, and even painful. It may also be difficult to persuade your baby to latch on to the breast, so you may need to express some milk first.


Hypoplastic Breast

Women with hypoplastic breasts have undeveloped glandular (milk-producing) breast tissue and may not be able to produce enough breast milk.

Hypoplastic breasts, which affect a small percentage of women, are generally spaced far apart and might appear very small and thin or long and tubular, preventing successful breastfeeding.

Women who have hypoplastic breasts usually have challenges with breastfeeding. Always discuss this challenge with your healthcare provider.


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